Cafe Lakan (カフェラカン)

Cafe Lakan is a small cafe and bar that you can find right across from Kyoken Park which is a five to ten minute walk away from Kagoshima Chuo station. It’s a lovely lunch spot with large windows, spacious seating, and relatively inexpensive menu options. You can check out the lunch options that range from a…

Beone (ベオーネ )

Beone is a fantastic Italian restaurant and one of my favorite restaurants of all time. From the grilled vegetables served with a garlic olive oil sauce to the pizza fresh from the wood fired pizza oven to the flavorful pasta dishes, this is a win on all fronts. (Just looking at the photos makes me…

Manshouen (満正苑 )

I recently discovered that Manshouen in Yojiro is the original restaurant of a chain of Chinese restaurants located around Kagoshima city. You might have seen the sign or even dined at the Kagoshima Chuo station location, but I can only speak for the restaurant located around the corner from Nishimuta and Yonemori Hospital in Yojiro. If you don’t have…

Backerei Danken (バッカラいダンケん)

Backerei Danken is a bakery located five minutes from Kagoshima Chuo station on foot, on the first floor of the same building as L’oro di Napoli (and down the street from Kurokatsutei). It’s a great bakery to drop by for an on-the-go breakfast before riding the train from Chuo station, or to drop in to have a light lunch of…

Sobachaya Fukiagean (そば茶屋吹上庵)

Do you know what a seven tier stack of soba looks like? Well, I’d say it looks like deliciousness in the form of every topping you didn’t know you could put on buckwheat noodles. Pictured below, starting from the front left is soba topped with dried seaweed (nori), moving to the right we have marinated shiitake…

Kurokatsutei (黒かつ亭)

If you are in Kagoshima and have not tried tonkatsu (pork cutlets) yet, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon (unless you are following a kosher, halal, or vegetarian diet whereby you can skip this post). You may have already noticed that the staple foods in Kagoshima tend to have “black” in the…

Mekkemon (めっけもん)

My favorite sushi restaurant of all time. Everyone should go here at least once if they visit Kagoshima (and are not completely against the idea of fresh, raw fish). The actual cuts of fish that you get served here are significantly larger than those you would get at any other conveyer belt sushi restaurant, and…

Noodle Laboratory Kintoun (ヌードル ラボラトリー金斗雲)

The best ramen shop I’ve been to in Kagoshima thus far. I’ve been here at least four times at this point and, without fail, the ramen has been excellent every single time. The menu consists of four basic options starting at 700 JPY: Assari (which can be translated into simple, meaning their most basic ramen,…

L’oro di Napoli (ロロ ディ ナポリ)

Craving a delicious brick oven pizza? This Italian restaurant smells like pizza heaven and could become your pizza safe haven. This restarant serves both lunch and dinner and is packed in the evenings. I’ve heard that you absolutely have to make a reservation for dinner but I slyly slipped in on a Tuesday evening an…